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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 15, 2011 10:54am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Copyright on Japanese films

There are multiple copies of each here at the Archive. If they aren't p.d., I would like to remove my uploads.

The Streetfighter (1974)
Virus (1980)

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jan 15, 2011 4:47pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright on Japanese films

Generally, Japanese films made after 1972 are copyright for 50 years from their date of publication. Because of transitional terms in Japanese copyright law, pre 1972 films are covered by a previous law's term which is life of director plus 37 years.

It looks as though there were more than 30 days between the Japanese and US release of The Streetfighter. So it is most probably covered by GATT.

Virus din't really have a general cinema relase in the US and was mostly shown on TV. I can't find a release/premiere date to work out whether it is elegible for GATT restoration.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 15, 2011 6:30pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright on Japanese films

Thanks.